#10 Babylon 5
#8 Star Trek the Next Generation
#7 The Cosby Show
#6 Star Trek The Original
#5 The Prisoner
#4 Alfred Hitcock
Are you ready for my top 3?
Deep Space 9 is my favorite Star Trek television series of all time. Captain Sisko’s relationship to his son was inspirational. And Sisko’s spiritual growth was a welcome change from the stereotypical portrayals of African-American characters in Star Trek.
Avery Brooks, who plays the role of Captain Sisko, is a world class actor and is an extremely talented individual. His acting ability carries the show for the first 2 seasons.
One of the things that is unique about Star Trek Deep Space 9 is that all of the main characters undergo personal development as the series progresses. Captain Sisco begins the series as an angry black man stuck on a ragtag space station. But over time his character transforms into the spiritual emissary of the Bajoran people and a hero to Star Fleet command. The Ferengi Quark starts off the show as a greedy sexist capitalist but later turns into a not so greedy sexist capitalist. Dr. Bashir starts off as a male whore archetype but transforms into a sci fi 007 agent; come to think of it 007 was also a male whore so that’s a bad analogy on my part. Lieutenant Commander Kira evolves from a hot headed pseudo-terrorist to a well balanced pseudo-spiritualist. The list goes on and on.
I should also mention that the storyline in Deep Space 9 is the most intriguing of all of the Star Trek television series. It is through character development, and the introduction of new species from the Alpha Quadrant, that Star Trek Deep Space 9 ascends into the realm of The Great Sci Fi Epic!
Did I mention that I once had lunch with Avery Brooks?